Agree or Disagree: Proportional Representation

Some have called the claim, “sour grapes”.  But, interim Alberta PC Leader Ric Mciver brought up the idea of going to proportional representation style of voting.

For those who don’t know what Proportional Representation, according to the Wikipedia definition,

Proportional representation (PR) characterizes electoral systems by which divisions in an electorate are reflected proportionately in the elected body. If 30% of the electorate support a particular political party, then roughly 30% of seats will be won by that party. The essence of such systems is that all votes contribute to the result: not just a plurality, or a bare majority, of them. Proportional representation requires the use of multiple-member voting districts (also called super-districts); it is not possible using single-member districts alone.[1][2][3]

If we did have proportional representation, this is what the current seating would look like.

NDP: 35

PC: 24

WRP: 21

Alberta Liberal: 3

Other Parties: 3.

Now, while the PC would obviously benefit from this, there is only three countries, that do not have proportional representation. They are Canada, U.S., and Britain.

Do you agree or disagree with Proportional Representation?

Agree or Disagree: Christian missionaries are promoting a “Gospel of Intolerance”

I know that title may put some of your backs up. However this video is making an interesting point.

This above video is an 8 minute documentary called Gospel of Intolerance. It is discussing the involvement of some in the Evangelical movement surrounding the law in Uganda that will essentially put to death homosexuals. These are the same producers who created a video called God Loves Uganda which covers the same topic.

This video does bring up some interesting points. The fact is, many Christians, and perhaps other faiths as well, see Africa as a spiritual hot bed. That is evidenced by the amount of organizations going there.

I have been a part of many conversations around the idea of missions. There has been some debate on some of the motivation, as well as the purpose of missions. There seems to be some shifts around how mission groups should operate. Moving away from of an “evangelizing” model to more of a “practical” model.

One of the excellent points the video makes about asking the question of where your money is going. It’s a question that needs to be asked more and more. Not only specifically in missions, but in other non-profits as well. If I gave money to the organizations involved in this video, I would be extremely disturbed about a preacher chanting a ban of homosexuality. I would also be extremely disturbed that homosexuals are being condemned by any mission organization.

However, my fear with this video is it presents a very unfair negative image on missions and the efforts in Uganda. Fair enough to call out the International House of Prayer and show what is going on. But, they are certainly not the only organization there. As a matter of fact, it is very important to note prominent Christians like Rick Warren has opposed this law.

This leads to an important question. I imagine those that have been or currently are involved in the mission field will have some things to say on this. As well as others as well.

How effective have Christian missions been overall? Not only in Africa, but in Asia, and other parts of the world as well. What has been good and what maybe hasn’t worked?